Creative unveils Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 wireless speaker

Creative has unveiled the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 wireless Bluetooth speaker, a Sound Blaster – PC computer sound card – and an NFC wireless speaker in one.

The AXX 200 sports a vertical tower design and uses a patent-pending stacked stereo speaker system. Creative claims the speaker can also intelligently enhance audio in real-time using proprietary SBX Pro Studio technology.

For example, dialogue levels in movies can be enhanced and a night mode means sudden volume changes are minimised.

Users can connect wirelessly to the speaker from a Bluetooth enabled device, and for those that support it, NFC is onboard too. It is also able to support aptX and AAC codecs for higher quality Bluetooth audio.

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The Creative AXX 200 can also be used as a teleconferencing speaker thanks to the quad-microphone array which works in tandem with the SBX Pro Studio audio technology to produce clear 360-degree sound.

An Integrated Voice Recorder allows users to record audio from a variety of sources: calls; external voices and music directly to a mircoSD card.

The microSD card slot also means users are able to play stored music through the speaker, instead of having to rely on streaming from a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device.

Alternatively, users can connect the Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 to their computer via USB and use it as a Sound Blaster sound card. The SB-Axx1 processor has Creative's SBX Pro Studio and CrystalVoice technologies.

As with other Creative Sound Blaster sound cards, the AXX 200 benefits from a dedicated auxiliary/mic input and headphone/line output.

A built-in rechargeable 5200mAh battery claims up to 15 hours of playback time and the AXX 200 can double as a mobile phone charger, too.

Lastly, a Sound Blaster Central app for iOS and Android allows users to customise audio settings from their smartphone or tablet.

The Creative Sound BlasterAxx AXX 200 is available now from for £130. A separate, optional docking base is available for £50.

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by Max Langridge

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.